DIRECTOR GENERAL of UP Council for Agriculture Research (UPCAR), Dr C Prasad, said here on Saturday that due to increasing ecological imbalances, crop production in the country could not be raised during the past few years. This had led to scarcity of food-grains during the current year.
Dr Prasad, who had come to attend the alumni meet at the CSA here, told newsmen that it was not possible to raise agricultural production only by developing hybrid varieties of various crops.To ensure better yield, a balanced growth of cattle and agriculture was required. Unfortunately, during the past decade, everyone concentrated on developing newer and hybrid varieties of crops but ignored development of cattle wealth. This created problems of soil upgradation and weed elimination and affected the total crop production in the country, he said. Dr Prasad said till last year the government did not pay serious attention to increasing agricultural production but in view of scarcity of food-grains and rising prices, it had now come to realise the importance of agriculture and had intensified efforts to raise crop production.
In reply to a question, he said the UPCAR had received requests from various institutions, including the CSA, for developing projects for fisheries, animal husbandry and home science so that they could be included in the curriculum.Later, speaking at the alumni meet, Dr Prasad said that the existing structure of the CSA should not be disturbed either by renovating the buildings or by new construction on the campus. , he said.